The Flyers held a lengthy team meeting after another loss Saturday, and no more discussion was required before Sunday's 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres at the Wells Fargo Center.

"We all can read, and we all can count," goalie Ilya Bryzgalov said.

They certainly could count to three, which was the length of the team's losing streak entering Sunday's game. In a condensed season, the last-place Flyers needed a victory in the worst way. They had not won since last Saturday.

Coach Peter Laviolette stayed with Bryzgalov in goal on the second night of back-to-back games. Bryzgalov has started all but two games this season, and he recorded 18 saves in the win.

The biggest save actually came from Brayden Schenn, who knocked away a third-period shot that trickled past Bryzgalov and was headed for the goal line before Schenn swept it away to preserve the lead.

"Could have been 3-3, could have been a totally different hockey game," Schenn said.

Laviolette noted that Schenn's swift move came right after a Sabres goal. Momentum would have swung had the Sabres tied the score.

"I think there's always key points in the game that when you look back on it, we needed to do something, and somebody did," Laviolette said.

The Flyers coach also praised some of Bryzgalov's saves on an evening when he was not overly taxed. Bryzgalov played with the lead for most of the game, and he played a role as the Flyers took a 1-0 edge in the game's fifth minute when Simon Gagne capitalized on a power play.

Bryzgalov and Kimmo Timonen picked up assists on the goal.

The lead doubled four minutes later during a Sabres power play. Ruslan Fedotenko found Max Talbot, who knocked the puck past Sabres goalie Ryan Miller for a shorthanded goal.

The Flyers defense neutralized Buffalo for much of the period. Sabres forward Brian Flynn scored at 11 minutes, 43 seconds of the first period, and it was only Buffalo's second shot on goal. Just four Flyers were on the ice when the Sabres scored as a result of an error in a line change. Danny Briere came off and no one came on.

"It was obviously a miscommunication on the change," Laviolette said. "I'm not sure the person saw Danny and the angle he came in on on the bench."

Claude Giroux scored his eighth goal of the season on a power play 17 seconds into the second period, stretching the Flyers' lead to 3-1. Timonen picked up the assist, his second of the game.

Giroux was partly responsible for the Sabres' second goal, which came on a Flyers power play in the third period. Giroux, playing the point, flicked a weak pass that was intercepted by Steve Ott, who fed a surging Jochen Hecht. Hecht's shot went past Bryzgalov, and the Flyers' grip on the game weakened.

The victory was imperative for the Flyers (12-14-1), who face the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday and Friday. Laviolette said the team needs to play with "desperation and urgency."

"Now we have to focus on Jersey," Gagne said. "The biggest two games of the season for us. After that, it could be a big difference . . . for where we'll be in the standings."